“Sanoma Uitgevers and Atos Origin sign new 5-year contract for outsourcing management of whole IT infrastructure”

Utrecht, 18 December 2008

Sanoma Uitgevers, the biggest magazine publisher in the Netherlands, and Atos Origin have renewed their contract for outsourcing IT management until the end of 2013. Atos Origin will be responsible for managing the whole IT infrastructure. With this move, Sanoma Uitgevers has consciously opted for single sourcing so that services previously provided by a number of third parties - like security, data centre hosting and the management of multifunctional peripherals such as printers - will now be looked after by Atos Origin.

The new contract underlines the strong relationship between the two parties which started in 2004. The contract sets out the terms and conditions for providing an extremely innovative service while keeping costs to a minimum.

“This contract marks the strengthening of the long-term relationship between Sanoma Uitgevers and Atos Origin. Because centralisation and standardisation are the mainstays of our IT strategy, we have made a conscious decision to outsource IT management to a single supplier”, says Hubert Grim, manager IO&P at Sanoma Uitgevers. “The advantage of single sourcing is that - unlike multi-sourcing where IT activities are split between various suppliers - the supplier is closely involved with our business processes. This means that the risk of integration problems arising is very small. In addition, we can achieve shorter turnaround times. Atos Origin is our partner of choice as it has the specific knowledge and expertise which we need to be able to further strengthen our market position.”

“We are really pleased that Sanoma Uitgevers has confirmed its confidence in our strategic partnership by signing this new contract. Because Atos Origin has a special media unit, we are able to meet Sanoma Uitgevers' specific requirements for its IT systems and applications”, says Rob Pols CEO Atos Origin in the Netherlands. “This way of working combined with the scale, flexibility and decisive qualities of Atos Origin have played a crucial role in the decision to renew this contract. We are confident that we will be able to make a valuable contribution towards the realisation of Sanoma Uitgevers' strategic goals.”

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin, an international IT service provider, enables customers to translate their vision into results through consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company has an annual turnover of 5.8 billion euros in 40 countries and employs 50,000 people. Atos Origin is the global IT partner for the Olympic Games and has an international clientele which includes leading companies from all sectors of trade and industry. Atos Origin is listed on the Paris Eurolist Market and operates as Atos Origin, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

About Sanoma Uitgevers
Sanoma Uitgevers is the largest cross-media publisher in the Netherlands. With almost 80 magazines and more than 125 websites, the titles managed by Sanoma Uitgevers reach a (net) combined total of 71.1 per cent of the Dutch population above the age of 13. Sanoma Uitgevers is based in Hoofddorp and has approximately 1100 employees. Its subsidiaries - Sanoma Men's Magazines, Jonge Gezinnen, ilse media and Mood for Magazines - employ another 750 people. In 2007, Sanoma Uitgevers and its subsidiaries - Sanoma Magazines Netherlands - achieved a turnover of 539.8 million euros. The company is part of Sanoma Magazines, the international magazine division of the Finnish media group Sanoma Corporation. Sanoma Magazines is one of Europe's biggest magazine publishers with more than 300 titles in 13 countries. Before 2001, Sanoma Uitgevers was known as VNU Tijdschriften.

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